Friday, March 10, 2017

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

Then we hear, "Well, you ought to serve God with one-tenth of your money and one seventh of your time." No, you ought to serve God with ten-tenths of your money and seven days a week, or all your time. You belong to God. So "whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God," is the Bible command. With a Christian, then, every day belongs to God. - John R. Rice

Christian young people should honor father and mother.
Now there will come a time when you will no doubt need to make your own way. There will come a time when you must make your own decisions. But there will never come a time when you ought not hold Mother and Father in a holy reverence. Oh, when they are old and feeble, they forget things and don't know as much about a lot of things as perhaps they should, but remember they are your father and your mother, and you will never have anybody else to take the place of them. Don't let that tie be broken. Remember to respect them and honor them before God. - John R. Rice 

Prayer, then, is a duty expressly commanded for every Christian, all the time, and about everybody and everything. Not to pray is a sin, the sin of disobedience to the plain and often repeated command of God! Lack of prayer is a sin. Doubtless all of our sins and mistakes and failures are prayer-sins, prayer mistakes, and prayer-failures. - John R. Rice

The Saviour taught us to pray, "Give us this day our daily bread" (Matt. 6:11). The way to get daily bread is to ask God for it.
This does not mean that God wants a Christian to loaf. In fact, the right kind of praying will make a Christian willing to work or to do anything God leads him to do. But it certainly does mean that we should not depend upon our work, but rather, we should depend upon God to give us the results in answer to prayer. - John R. Rice

Worry is a blighting sin. It is the very opposite of trust. Yet how many Christians are guilty of this sin! They lose their joy, they dwell in uncertainty, their lives are harried by burdens they ought never to carry and by fears they ought never to entertain. And the secret of ending worry and anxious care is to take things to God every day and pray through with prayer and thanksgiving and supplication. - John R. Rice

Do not misunderstand me. I do not mean that a Christian will never have trouble. But in trouble he can have the sweetest peace all the time. I do not mean that a Christian will never be sick. But in the sickness he can have the ever-present nearness consciously, of the Holy Spirit. I do not mean that a Christian will never have any problems. But I mean that he can daily take those problems to God and have them settled, without any fret, without any of the unrest that comes from unbelief. A Christian can take his burdens to the Lord and leave them there day by day and have perfect peace. And the only way he can do this is by prayer, regular prayer with supplication and thanksgiving about every problem. - John R. Rice

And now in conclusion let us remember these seven reasons why we ought to pray. 1. It is commanded plainly of God that Christians ought to pray about everything and about everybody, with all prayer and supplication. 2. Prayer is God's appointed way for Christians to get things. 3. Prayer is the way for Christians to have fullness of joy. 4. Prayer is God's cure for worry, the way out of trouble and anxious care. 5. Answered prayer is God's way of stopping the mouths of unbelievers, God's unanswerable argument against infidelity. 6. Prayer is the way to have the power of the Holy Spirit for God's blessed work. 7. "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Therefore, beloved brethren, let us pray! Oh, how many and how weighty are the reasons that Christians should pray! . - John R. Rice 

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